Faculty of Science news
An op-ed piece by Ariel Fenster, Ph.D., Research Associate in McGill's Department of Chemistry, and Director of Communication of the McGill Office for Science and Society.
By William Raillant-Clark. As the Arctic melts and the petrodollars roll in to Alberta, scientists, politicians and big business are increasingly finding themselves in a policy face-off – and the researchers usually lose, according to Nathan Cullen, the NDP’s deputy environment critic. “These guys suck at this – they’ve come into politics from academia, and [...]
The Gazette: McGill students, professors looking for the "God particle" with CERN's Large Hadron Collider
When the Large Hadron Collider began its subatomic smashing in Switzerland, McGill students, professors and Twitter were there. The McGill team currently consists of four faculty members, seven graduate students, and four post-doctorates, with a few undergraduates expected to join them during the summer.
Scientists have thought that the ability to learn from others evolved in step with communal living. Now a study demonstrates an exception: A solitary reptile is an adept social learner. In a study showing that when they could watch another, tortoise complete the task, red-footed tortoises quickly learned how to navigate a fence to get food.
Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz's column in The Gazette: Want to weigh less, be healthier and live longer? Just watch your fat intake, particularly those nasty saturated fats that lurk in meat, dairy products and rich pastries. They're artery-cloggers and will kill you.
As part of the 2010 Anna I. McPherson Lectures in Physics, Nobel Laureate David J. Gross will be presenting a free public lecture on what the future holds for the field of physics. Presently the director and holder of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics of [...]
By William Raillant-Clark Vicky Kaspi, McGill’s Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology, has earned a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts for her research on magnetars. She joins this year’s elite group of eight outstanding Canadian researchers who have each been awarded $70,000 a year for two years, for a total [...]
By Ingrid Birker While cycling to work recently, I wiped out in the “devil’s strip” at the corner of St. Catherine Street and McGill College Avenue. My front tire had caught in a huge hunk of shiny metal protruding out of the old Montreal streetcar track. This shiny hard steel track was installed about 100 years [...]